Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!
Publication Year: 2010
Using marriage as a metaphor, this lighthearted, highly practical, and teacher-friendly resource helps general education teachers and special service providers successfully set up, conduct, and maintain co-teaching partnerships.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: The Dating Scene
- Chapter 1: Understanding What it Means to Be in a Relationship
- Defining the Terms
- Changing the Minds of the Commitment-Phobic
- Chapter 2: Dating, Living Together, and Marriage
- Recognizing the Continuum of Options
- Going in with Eyes Wide Open
- Do's and Don'ts of Co-Teaching
- Chapter 3: General Educators are from Jupiter; Special Service Providers are from Saturn
- Recognizing Different Frames of Reference
- The Second Time Around: Getting over Bad Experiences
- Self-Assessment 1: Are We Ready to Date?
- Chapter 4: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
- To Marry Them or Not to Marry Them: Determining Whether to Use Co-Teaching
Part II: The Engagement
- Chapter 5: Getting to Know Your Partner
- Drinking Out of the Carton (and other Pet Peeves)
- Ensuring Parity
- Who'll Do the Laundry? Setting Roles and Responsibilities
- Chapter 6: Registering for the Wedding
- Identifying Our Needs
- Communicating with Stakeholders
- Chapter 7: Discussing the Future
- Establishing School Wide Improvement Goals
- Establishing Individual Team Improvement Goals
- Self-Assessment 2: Are We Ready to Get Engaged?
- Chapter 8: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
- Avoiding Arranged Marriages: The Search for Soul Mates
Part III: The Wedding
- Chapter 9: For Better or Worse: Establishing Norms for Behavior and Academics
- Physical Issues
- Classroom Management Issues
- Instructional and Assessment Issues
- Chapter 10: For Richer or Poorer: Sharing Space and Materials
- Sharing Space
- Sharing Materials
- Chapter 11: Planning Quality Time Together: Why, When, and How to Plan
- Why Should We Co-Plan?
- When Should We Co-Plan?
- How Should We Co-Plan?
- Self-Assessment 3: Are We Ready to Marry?
- Chapter 12: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
- Avoiding Polygamy: Too Many is Simply Too Many (When Scheduling)
Part IV: The Marriage
- Chapter 13: Working Together to Wrangle the Li'l Rascals
- Five Practical Approaches for Co-Instruction
- Approach 1: One Teach, One Support
- Approach 2: Parallel Teaching
- Approach 3: Station Teaching
- Approach 4: Alternative Teaching
- Approach 5: Team Teaching
- Chapter 14: Teaching the Seven Dwarves
- Understanding Differentiation
- Practical Strategies for Differentiation
- Chapter 15: Are We Successful Yet?
- Co-Assessing Us and Them
- Chapter 16: Playing Nicely with the other Parents
- Co-Teaching's Role with other School-Improvement Initiatives
- Reading First
- Cooperative Learning
- Twenty-First-Century Technology
- Universal Design for Learning
- Response to Intervention
- Self-Assessment 4: Will We Be Able to Celebrate Our Anniversary?
- Chapter 17: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
- Is it Time for a Divorce?
- Building an Effective Program: Making More Matches
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Collaborative teaching in elementary schools: making the co-teaching marriage work!/Wendy W. Murawski.
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Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals:
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- Saint Paul Public Schools
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- Henry B. Burkland Intermediate School
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About the Author
Appendix: Keeping the Honeymoon Going[Page 261]Resources to Keep Fresh and Motivated
Every couple has a time when they go through a rough, or dry, patch. A time when the relationship feels like there is nothing new or different. While I am definitely a proponent of keeping teaching teams together over the space of a few years so they can really get to know one another and hone their co-teaching skills, it is not healthy for any one teacher or teaching team to get complacent in their teaching. We need to always challenge ourselves to move with the times, to improve, to encourage one another, and to recognize that students have ever-changing needs. Too often, however, the common complaint is, “We've got no time for that. We are barely keeping our heads above water so when we have the opportunity to use materials or lessons we used last year (or for the last 20 years, in some cases), we do it.”
Luckily for us all, there's the Internet. What did teachers do before it? I really don't know. The Net provides teachers with so many ways to learn, improve, and share with one another so that we are not reinventing the wheel every time we teach or plan. I have done some preliminary searching to save you some time, but I do strongly suggest that you both challenge each other regularly to find new, different, and exciting teaching ideas, strategies, materials, and technologies. Following are some Web sites I have found helpful over time. Please, keep in mind that sites do change, and if some of these addresses no longer work, I apologize. Don't use the excuse of a nonworking site to stop looking for strategies for improvement. Now's the time to surf the Web! Also, there are so many Web sites available that provide excellent resources that I could not include them all. If you find more that you think are especially useful, please let me know about them and definitely share them among your colleagues at school. Collaboration is the name of the game, and these Web sites will certainly aid you in your efforts to include, collaborate, differentiate, teach, guide, inspire, and avoid burning out while doing it all.
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